Ebola-infected NBC News cameraman tweets about his recovery: ‘Endless gratitude for the good vibes’
By Elahe Izadi
Ashoka Mukpo, shown in an undated family photo, was the fifth American to contract Ebola in West Africa. (Courtesy of Mitchell Levy via Reuters)
Ashoka Mukpo, the freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola while working for NBC News in Liberia, took to Twitter on Monday to make his first public comments since being brought to a Nebraska treatment facility earlier this month.
Mukpo has been receiving treatment at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where the bio-containment unit’s nursing director Shelly Schwedhelm said on Monday: “Ashoka is doing great today. He’s sitting up, feeling much better, eating and drinking. He’s been having conversations with our staff.”
Ebola survivor Kent Brantly donated blood for a convalescent serum that Mukpo was scheduled to receive last week. That’s the same experimental treatment used for American doctor Rick Sacra, who survived Ebola. The three men have the same blood type.
Mukpo has also been given brincidofovir, an experimental drug that was also given to Thomas Eric Duncan, the Dallas Ebola patient who died last week.
While Mukpo’s health has improved, his fellow NBC crew members have been placed under a mandatory quarantine by New Jersey officials. None of the crew members is exhibiting symptoms, but the move was made because they violated terms of the 21-day voluntary isolation agreement, the state’s health department told the Associated Press.
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